Closet Contest Nets Tons of Clutter for Charity

Professional Organizer, Karen Sencich (right) congratulates the winner of the $2,000 grand prize, Brampton resident Mary-Ann Madarash (pictured on left). She will receive a closet makeover complete with organizing products along with a new wardrobe.

The customers and merchants of Shoppers World Brampton provided an overwhelming response to the recent clothing drive and Clear Out Your Closet contest co-sponsored by Shoppers World Brampton and Professional Organizer Karen Sencich. Bags of gently used clothing donations began arriving even before the official opening of the contest in support of The Canadian Diabetes Association's Clothesline® spring 'sew' the seeds of hope program.

One anonymous participant shared her motivation for clearing out her closet. She had lost 31 pounds and several dress sizes on a weight loss program and had kept it off for over a year. When she read about the promotion she was inspired to donate 90% of her wardrobe, including business suits, so that she and her husband would have more closet space.

The contest garnered considerable attention from both local and national media with television crews visiting from both Rogers Cable TV and the Real Life show on the CTS network filming two information segments.

Jane Crawford, Operations Manager for the Peel Clothesline® Program called the community initiative "a phenomenal effort that garnered over 2 tons of donated clothing during the two week clothing drive."

Clayton Claveau, Associate, Marketing & Communications for The Canadian Diabetes Association would like to thank all of the generous donors in Brampton for helping to make a difference in the lives of the 8.5 million Canadians living with or at risk of diabetes. 

The Clothesline® program is actively seeking donation box hosts in Peel region. To learn more about hosting a donation box or to schedule a free pick-up of clothing and small household items right from your door, contact Clothesline® at 1-800-505-5525 or log on at

Community and Charity Events

Getting others organized is a terrific way to give back to your community. If your corporation or community group wants to find a way to make a big difference and increase public goodwill, call Havoc to Harmony.

Each spring during National Organizing Week (NOWeek) Havoc to Harmony donates time and organizing expertise to community service. It's part of an initiative launched by Professional Organizers in Canada.

Call now to find out how your corporation or community group can benefit from having a team of organized "Red Shirts" attend your  community organizing initiative.

2009 - Canadian Diabetes Association Clothing Drive in conjunction with Shoppers World Brampton in support of the Clothesline Program.

2008  and 2009 - Arthritis Society More Than Just Desserts Annual - Member of the Fundraising Committee.

2007 - Members of Professional Organizers in Canada lend a helping hand to Brampton's Restore to benefit Habitat for Humanity.

2006 - National Organizing Week showcased an organizing team makeover at Mississauga's Red Cross warehouse. Corporate sponsors stepped up to donate much needed storage supplies and a dishwasher.

2006 - The Power Network annual Big Bike Ride for Heart to benefit the Heart & Stroke Foundation.


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Hints for Handling Your Gift List

How do you handle your holiday wish lists? Sometimes the simplest hints are the best. For years I have been using the same easy to implement method.

  • I purchase the tiniest address book I can find and assign one page for each person on my guest list.
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  • I include family members, friends, hairdresser and all service providers.
  • I keep the list inside my wallet so it can quickly and easily be updated.
  • Information for stocking gifts is also recorded.
  • I can frequently review what I have purchased to keep my budget on track.
  • As I wrap gifts I check them off!
  • If certain gifts need to be hidden I record where they were put.
  • I also list ideas and purchases of hostess gifts to keep on hand.

There are many benefits to this system. It is lightweight and portable, but most importantly since I keep the lists year after year, it helps me to prevent repeating gift ideas. Who wants to get a sweater or tie year after year?


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